Bulldog Tools is proud to announce that we now have the Guinness World Record™ for the largest garden spade in the world! Here’s a picture of it at our factory.

As our regular readers will know, this year is our 230th anniversary. We wanted to mark the event with something special and making the world’s largest spade seemed just the job! The new record stands at 3.61 meters high (the same as one tall person standing on another tall person’s shoulders) and weighs in at 180kg.

Made here in the UK, it required 160 hours to build and included every department at our factory in Wigan. The new record beats the previous by half a meter in height and has been verified by Guinness World Records™.

Fred Foot from Bulldog Tools says:

“This record marks 230 years of British manufacturing for Bulldog Tools. This is an achievement of which we are all very proud.”

We will be taking the world’s largest spade on tour around the UK and you’ll be able to keep up to date with its progress on this blog. Next week we’ll be talking about how we made it – be sure to check back in!

If you would like to come and see how solid forged, top quality tools are manufactured we would be delighted to take you on a tour of our factory.

Posted in Our Tools By Stuart Elsom On 4th February 2010

Congratulation from the team behind World Amazing Records. We are updating your records at http://www.worldamazingrecords.com

WORLD AMAZING RECORDS posted on 21st April 2010

No need for a sports car with one of these! Definitely ‘Size Matters’. What a ‘Centre Piece’ for a garden. Would make an excellent garden sculpture.

ARTHUR posted on 26th March 2010


PARIS FOOT posted on 12th March 2010

230th Anniversary Congratulations and thanks to all of you for your ongoing commitment to quality and your skills. You make the finest, most durable, best balanced gardening tools in the world. There is nothing else like them anywhere any price. To have sustained this level of quality for 230 years is an achievement you can certainly take pride in. Simon ( A Bulldog user)

SIMON A. posted on 16th February 2010

Thank you for all of your comments of support for our “Worlds Largest Spade”. Hubert asked where he can obtain our tools in the USA. We work with our distributor R.Larson in America, selling under the Clarington brand. Can I suggest you contact Robert at: robert@rlarson.com Thank you for your interest. Stuart

Stuart Elsom posted on 12th February 2010

Congrats are most definitely in order! What a neat idea, to create this unique tool and tour with it. I left a comment on your blotanical plot, and now can safely say my favorite tool is one of yours! And it reminds me of my husband’s thoughtfulness, as he presented it to me. O.k., this sounds like an advert, but we’ve had lots of shovels, etc. break over the years (from local stores), but not my Poacher’s Spade! cheers, Alice aka Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel

ALICE JOYCE posted on 10th February 2010

Congratulations Happy 230th Birthday!

JIM posted on 10th February 2010

That certainly is large and to have managed to construct it too must be satisfying too. (And fun!) Hope everyone enjoyed taking part. Lucy

LUCY CORRANDER posted on 8th February 2010

Now that’s some spade!

ANNA posted on 7th February 2010

Wow – I hope you also have a lot of the world’s largest gardeners amongst your customers … :)

SUE posted on 6th February 2010

That is hilarious! I need that for our rocky soil in Austin, Texas. Fun post. :)

AMY/GO AWAY, I’M GARDENING! posted on 6th February 2010

These are quite wonderful! I hope that your tools are available here in Canada, because they’re obviously quality tools. I don’t think I want one quite as big as the 10 foot one, though.

JODI (BLOOMINGWRITER) posted on 6th February 2010

Congratulations on the 230th years milestone and still going from strength to strength. Also congratulations on the entry to the prestigious Guiness Book of World Record. Certainly a very unusual spade.

AUTUMN BELLE posted on 5th February 2010

I read the article on your wonderful company in THE ENGLISH GARDEN March issue. do you have any way for someone in the USA to purchase your products? I am a retired business executive and live in the state of Georgia. I have a hobby vegetable garden and well designed flower gardens in my 4 acres. It would be most rewarding to have some of your tools.

HUBERT W. KOOYMAN posted on 5th February 2010

Congratulations on your 230th. Anniversary and for entering the Guiness Book of Records – both a remarkable achievement. It is so good to learn of a business enjoying such considerable success particularly in these difficult times. I wish you continued prosperity into the future.

EDITH HOPE posted on 5th February 2010

That is amazing! Good to see that English manufacturing is still alive and well. Wow!

HENRY posted on 4th February 2010

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